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Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s unique recipe for Brekle’s Brown—a tip of the hat to our first brewmaster—looks to both the past and the future. Mark’s special blend of roasted malts, inspired by the all-malt brown ales in Anchor’s brewing archives, gives Brekle’s Brown its coppery brown color and its unusual depth of flavor—richness and complexity without heaviness. For brewing and dry hopping, Mark has chosen a single, American hop variety called Citra. The subtly entrancing flavors and aromas of this distinctive new hop perfectly complement the unique maltiness of Brekle’s Brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Cryptic brewing bottle code translates: August 22, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a ruby-brown body with noted clarity and crowned with a frothy, foamy, beige head.

Smell: Dusky dark maltiness, with modest notes scented of toast, brown sugar, and roast. A sliver of raisin-like fruitiness. Fairly mild hop accents of citrus and dried grasses.

Taste: Toasted bread crusts with some light sweetish hints of brown sugar and dark caramel. Light dark fruitiness. Mild inclusions of molasses and roasted pecans. Lightly citrusy hops with some grassy dry-hopping accents. Even fainter hint of pine bark. Lightly bitter. Dry, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While definitely not the boldest brown on the block, it’s fairly refreshing and pleasant enough, though a notch less alcohol would be appreciated. Still pretty good, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1903) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
[keg at the Euston Tap, London] Deep reddish brown, thin head. Dribbled out of the font so was probably on its last legs. Malt, brown sugar, raisins on the nose. Got that classic Anchor rising sweetness as you take a taste. More fruit than usual in an American brown, the Demerara sugar comes in and whisks this away. Having said that, I quite enjoyed it [22092011]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3915) - - OCT 1, 2011
clear light brown with a medium sized, creamy, beige head. nose is floral with sweet molasses and very faint toasted notes. flavor is similar with molasses at the forefront which hints at licorice. not a toasty brown or dark brown ale. a pinch of floral hops in the finish. a lighter than normal, refreshing, easy drinking brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2589) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. A dark brown color with a brown head. A malty flavor, low in hops, bread, and nuts in the flavor with some chocolate at the finish. A dry malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Draft. Interesting beer. Not really sure where it’s headed. Get a lot of conflicting milk chocolate and citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2011
A mahoganny brown ale with a thin mocha head. In mouth, smooth apple butterscotch, with light molasses and vanilla. In mouth, smooth sweet nutty fudge, lightly woody, herbal, light licorice, very interesting. On tap at Sunset Grill, Sept. 11 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (8245) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Dark reddish brown colour with average size off-white head. Bread, malt and bitter citrusy hops in aroma. Dark malt, mild toast, bitterish citrusy hops and bread in flavour. Very hoppy for a Brown Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
650 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours a chestnut brown color with a medium foamy khaki head that slowly fades to a fine film. The aroma is robust with roasted malts, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste is similar to the nose, lots of brown sugar, along-side caramelized malts and some light hopping for counterbalance. The palate is full and creamy with medium fizzy carbonation. The finish is long and dry. Overall: A very nice little brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
650 mL bottle from The Wooden Keg in Hagerstown, MD. Pours a clear brownish red color with a medium creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, herbal and floral hops and a faint bit of chocolate. The taste is floral hops, citrus, toffee. Tart malts. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 17, 2011
P: 4/5. beautiful clear rich brown. Good finger of off-white head, well-supported. A: 3/5. sweet. cinnamon. caramel. herbal. F: 7/10. rich sweet spicy caramel. some minor roast, but very minor. which leads to a mostly-balanced fun brown ale. M: 4/5. good. reminiscent, but not lingering. O: 7/10. a very good brown ale. malty and rich but not overpowering.

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